It was a day much like any other Chicago day in 1968. A pale gray haze hung over the city, courtesy of the smog caused by millions of cars. The ivy on the Wrigley Field walls had yet to bloom and instead remained a dull brown. Kids were in school, grown-ups were at work, and the day continued much as any other day would continue.
Except that, in a hospital on Lake Shore Drive not far from the aforementioned home of the Cubs, a Wonderduck was presented to a confused and tentative world.
My age 50 year... mmm... not so good. Here's hoping for a better 51.
Posted by: Ed Hering at April 23, 2019 12:49 PM (/cXdK)
It never ceases to amaze me that an engine burning huge amounts of kerosene and liquid oxygen, producing that massive flame and about 31k lbs of force, was used simply as a fuel pump for the actual rocket engine.
Oh, and happy birthday! Hopefully the next trip around the sun will be much better for you.
Posted by: David at April 23, 2019 03:42 PM (A/T0R)
Pixy: Happy birthday, Wonderduck!
Also Pixy: Wait, didn't I work out that allowing for the international date line, Wonderduck is exactly the same age as my brother... Crap. Well, at least I can take him out to lunch without a 17 hour plane flight.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 23, 2019 05:52 PM (2yngH)
Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day!
Posted by: Kathryn at April 23, 2019 06:29 PM (rWZ8Y)
Now THAT would make for some interesting F1 racing....
Congratulations on making it through another orbit. Here's to the next one being better!
Posted by: Mauser at April 23, 2019 07:53 PM (Ix1l6)
51's just GOTTA be better, man.
Posted by: GreyDuck at April 24, 2019 07:35 AM (rKFiU)
Happy (a day late) birthday. I'm just about 10 months behind you, hit the big 5-0 in February and am still weirded out by that thought.
Posted by: fillyjonk at April 24, 2019 03:14 PM (+MBAo)
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